Team


denka’s logo evolution since 2008

Alewyn Botha
The Backbone
Alewyn is a farm boy, completing his schooling at St. Andrew’s School Bloemfontein and his Industrial Design BTECH at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (2005).

Alewyn worked in various industries involved with multiple projects across the globe before founding Denka Design Consultancy in 2008. Since its inception, Denka has been involved in multiple product designs and developments, of which various won prestigious awards. These include SABS design awards, Product exhibition awards and various Loerie Awards through clients’ projects. As a service provider and member of the Institute of Inventors and Innovators, Alewyn serves regularly on the Institutes’s professional panel, judging various inventions and product ideas with consultation on route to market.

Alewyn deeply values all the relationships formed within Denka, be that clients, partners or staff, creating long-term relations that are mutually beneficial. Upon inception, Alewyn ensured that Denka was built on a strong foundation accompanied by a network in manufacturing rivalled by few. With his open book approach to everything, Alewyn has ensured that Denka’s customers are always offered the best pricing options accompanied by unmatched support.

Alewyn is a family man, married to Elmarie and they have two beautiful daughters. In his free time, he enjoys dirt biking.

Nick Kulenkampff
The German Engineer
Nick completed his schooling at Sandown High Johannesburg and earned his Industrial Design BTECH at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (2004).

Nick is a very meticulous product designer and excels in realising conceptual design into functional reality. With 10 years’ experience in injection tooling and design, Nick is highly experienced in production processes and his knowledge of material properties knows no bounds. Nick’s design abilities in CAD have ensured Denka many successes in 3D printed prototypes and tooling for production.

Nick enjoys spending his free time hiking, reading and playing tennis. Nick played tennis on a professional level for one year in Germany and now enjoys 1st team club tennis with multiple championships under his belt. Nick is also a very able boat builder and sailor with various personal projects completed.

Matthew Greef
Gets it done!
Matthew is originally from Nelspruit where his roots are firmly planted. One of three brothers, Matthew is a well-grounded, humble and passionate individual. He completed his Industrial Design BTECH at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (2015).

Matt gives the saying “give me a challenge” goosebumps.  The Chuck Norris of our design team that truly knows no bounds, rises to every occasion, challenge and literally gets it done. All of them. At once.

Matt has a keen eye for detail, ergonomics and assembly, while seamlessly tying it all together. With an invisible design lasso that no one knows where he keeps. A true designorris. And an exceptional addition to the Denka team.

Matthew’s passion when not slaying the design daemons he wards off during the week is the ocean. He enjoys surfing, stand-up paddling and most recently kite surfing.

Joshua Bell
The Design Linguist
Josh hails from Cape Town and completed his high school career at Constantia Waldorf  School. Josh completed his Industrial Design BTECH at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (2017).

Josh, before reaching his senses, completed a three-year Jewellery Design apprenticeship and has enjoyed two publication whilst cutting his teeth in the design industry. These include Core77 and Yanko design. Josh has brought a traditional design approach to the team, accompanied by a keen eye for simplicity, converted into practical applications of design in the manufacturing industry.

In Josh’s free time he does nothing. Because he has none.

Teague Thomas
The Pyrotechnician
Teague emanates from Pretoria, where he completed his schooling at Hendrik Verwoerd High School and completed his Electronic Engineer studies at TUT. (2016)

Teague has added a new dimension to the Denka team with his boundless knowledge of electronics. His inclusion into a team of Industrial Designers has allowed Denka to seamlessly join the gap between product design, user interactivity and electronic functionality.

In his free time, Teague enjoys reading, public speaking and martial arts.

Izak Lambrechts
The Sheep Shearer
Izak’s roots are firmly planted in the small town of Amersfoort and he completed his schooling at Ligbron High School Ermelo. Izak was a double major at the Open Window Institute of Arts and Digital Sciences (2017) in both Industrial and Graphic Design.

Izak has brought with him a raw talent for engineering, mechanical understanding and the implementation thereof. If ever one could make too many prototypes, Izak will be the guilty party.

In Izak’s free time he enjoys cycling, jogging and brewing beer. While ensuring enough additional free time is allocated to enjoying that beer…

Henro Coetzee
The Render
Henro completed his schooling at Richards Bay High School and finished his Industrial Design N.dip at TUT. (2015)

The Render is a valued product designer at Denka, often raising the bar with his infatuated love of CAD. Henro enjoys braaing, gaming, most sports that involve a ball and a stick, not lifting anything heavy. Henro is obsessed with the colour pink….

Marcel van der Walt
The Muscle
A man on a mission, Marcel completed his schooling at Belville High in the Western Cape (2011). Marcel manages all production, builds and prototype assemblies at Denka and for obvious physical reasons, Marcel powers through his duties. These include Procurement, Production Management and Assemblies, ensuring that deadlines are met and quality is in check. Marcel is also no stranger to travel as he is often in the skies above, en route to his next mission.

Marcel has a giant love affair with automobiles while enjoying skateboarding in his free time.

Random Intern
The One Without Name
Denka facilitates various interns on a continual basis at both the Johannesburg and Cape Town offices.

The team at Denka takes pride in sharing valued experience and knowledge with up and coming designers, be they scholars, students or professionals. To apply for internship and check availability, send your Portfolio to info@denka.co.za.